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  1. The Asteroids Movie Will Be “More of a Space Opera,” Not the Disaster Movie Expected

    Oh Hollywood

    The  Asteroids Movie that has been in the works for several years now, jumping from writer to writer, but firmly under the production of Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, appears to have a basic description now. Hollywood was able to inject something beyond exploding asteroids into the Atari game that revolves around the simple objective of shooting asteroids, even when di Bonaventura himself admitted that plot-wise, "there's nothing to the game."  What's more, the film may not be the massive piece of destruction that was expected.

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  2. NASA Announces Asteroid Grand Challenge, Wants Your Help in Stopping Them

    Well, as much help as you can provide, anyway.

    Hop into your triangle-shaped spaceship and start shooting dots at drifting polygons, because NASA wants you to do your part in stopping asteroids from destroying the planet. On Tuesday, the space agency announced the Asteroid Grand Challenge, a wide-ranging initiative aimed at tracking and eliminating asteroids that could impact the Earth. To achieve its goals, NASA is reaching out to the public for help.

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  3. An Even Better Look at Asteroid 1998 QE2 and Its Moon

    Okay, yeah, that's no space station.

    As you may recall, asteroid 1998 QE2 gave the Earth a buzz just over a week ago. Upon close examination, it was determined that 1998 QE2 actually had a moon of its own. That's not unheard of, though we didn't know 1998 QE2 had one. Some images were combined to form a video of the binary group shortly after discovery, but now an even better look at the two has been created thanks to scientists working with the Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California.

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  4. Bill Nye, Lori Garver and More Answer Your Asteroid Questions During Google Hangout This Afternoon

    The White House's latest 'We The Geeks' Hangout will either put you at ease about asteroid strikes or utterly terrify you. Let's find out which together!

    Today, you've got a chance to get caught up on all the latest news and science on asteroids courtesy of We The Geeks, a Google Hangout presented by the White House. At 2pm EDT this afternoon, you can join Bill Nye, NASA's own Lori Garver, astronaut Ed Lu, IAU astronomer Jose Luis Galache and aspiring asteroid miner Peter Diamandis of Planetary Resources for a round table discussion on all things asteroids -- from how we could harvest them for minerals to what happens if we have to try and dodge one.

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  5. Asteroid 1998 QE2 Has Its Own Moon

    Radar data shows that the asteroid flying by Earth today isn't travelling alone.

    1998 QE2, the huge asteroid passing near Earth today, has yet to make its closest approach, but researchers are already using radar to make some surprising discoveries about the space rock as it hurtles through our neck of the cosmic woods. Case in point? Yesterday, NASA officials learned that 1.7 mile-wide 1998 QE2 -- that's as big as nine cruise ships, to use an unexpected but largely accepted metric -- isn't travelling alone. The enormous asteroid is bringing its own smaller moon along for the ride, which you can get a look at in the video below.

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  6. Asteroid 1998 QE2 Will Come So Close Tomorrow, Yet So Far Away

    There's a giant asteroid that's going to be passing very near the Earth, but don't be alarmed. You'll be fine.

    A very large asteroid will pass very close to the Earth on Friday, but it's nothing to worry about. It's only close in astronomical terms, and poses no threat to our planet. So what's all the fuss about? The asteroid, dubbed 1998 QE2, will be a prime target for radar telescopes to study. Those of us with non-radar telescopes might be lucky enough to catch a dim glimpse.

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  7. Congress Doesn’t Care About Your Asteroid Plan, Would Rather Have a Moon Base

    The White House's 2014 budget proposal includes funding for a NASA mission to park an asteroid in lunar orbit. Besides being awesome, the mission will also put humans farther into space than we've ever been. It might even help us develop ways to deflect asteroids that threaten to impact the Earth and kill everyone on it, but Congress doesn't care about any of that. Congress wants a Moon base.

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  8. Senator Announces NASA Project to Park Asteroid Near Our Moon

    We first heard of the plan to capture a small asteroid and park it near our Moon, essentially giving our Moon a moon of its own, back in January, but now it seems all but official. Chairman of the Senate Science and Space Subcommittee, Senator Bill Nelson said on Friday President Obama will include $100 million in the 2014 budget for the asteroid project, calling it a "clever concept." I wonder what William Shatner will suggest we name it.

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  9. Congress Might Have Doomed Us All to an Asteroid Apocalypse. Thanks, Guys.

    It Came From Outer Space

    The last few months have seen several asteroids unexpectedly buzz our planet, a fact that has caused a bit of concern for Congress. After all, while the chances of a catastrophic asteroid impact are tiny, if one does manage to hit us the effect could be pretty bad. Like, end of humanity bad. So it makes sense that Congress would want someone monitoring near-Earth asteroids just in case one should come barreling towards us. Hmmm. Who does Congress have to turn to when they need someone to watch the skies? NASA. Whose budget has Congress drastically cut in recent years? NASA. You see where this is going.

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  10. Asteroid Deflection Program AIDA Gets A Target After Recent Close Calls

    Do you remember a simpler time? As time before, say, a couple of weeks ago when we weren't all living in constant mortal fear of being crushed by a giant rock from outer space? Yeah, neither do we. Luckily, NASA and the ESA are on the job of intercepting potentially killer asteroids. The space agencies have partnered on a project known as Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) which they hope will be able to one day knock earthbound asteroids off course, and they've selected a test candidate for the project. To save the Earth -- or at least prove they could -- NASA and ESA will collide a small spacecraft with the binary asteroid Didymos in just... nine years? Don't they know we'll all have been killed by giant space rocks by then? Come on, guys, a little sense of urgency, huh?

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